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January 15, 2013

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Lucille Bogan
* Blues singer

possessed one of the finest voices of any female blues singer. Although her early work
was inspired by the vaudeville stylists, with age and experience her voice deepened and
her expression matured. Her best work, with superb support from Walter Roland, shows
off her majestic voice to full advantage.
As early as 1946, still during her lifetime, writer Ernest Borneman had grouped Lucille together with Ma Rainey and
Bessie Smith as the best three blues singers.

She was born Lucille Anderson at Amory, Monroe County, Mississippi on 1 April 1897. As she sang in TIRED AS I CAN BE,
she came "from the Black Belt", which was a band of fertile land running in a crescent down the north-east border of
Mississippi and almost entirely across the center of Alabama.

Lucille had moved to Birmingham before 1916, and had married Nazareth Lee Bogan, senior. She had a son,
Nazareth Lee Bogan, Jr. (born in 1916); and a stepdaughter, Ira Betty (born 1911, daughter of the late Estelle Ward Bogan).
Lucille was the aunt of pianist and trumpet-player Thomas "Big Music" Anderson. Her husband Nazareth was a locomotive
fireman living in Birmingham by 1922. He apparently traveled the route through Amory between Kansas City and
Birmingham, Alabama.

Her first recordings were made for OKeh at New York City in early June 1923, together with pianist Henry C. Callens. They
were vaudeville songs, among them two songs that had recently been recorded by Viola McCoy. Her son recalled that in
her early days Ida Cox and Bessie Smith influenced her.

Later in June 1923, Lucille recorded a vaudeville-styled blues, PAWN SHOP BLUES, for OKeh at Atlanta, backed by
Eddie Heywood, Sr., playing piano. This was the first "territory" recording (that is, one made outside New York City or
Chicago) by a black blues singer. PAWN SHOP BLUES was soon "covered" by Martha Copeland.

Harry Charles told Gayle Dean Wardlow that Lucille went to Harry's office at Birmingham in 1927 to inquire about making
records, and that Charles took Lucille and pianist Alex Channey to be recorded at Chicago, Illinois. Her first session for
Paramount was the only one featuring Channey. It produced SWEET PETUNIA, an influential song which was later adapted
by Vance Dixon (also with Alex Channey), Blind Blake, Willie Baker, Curley Weaver, and others.

Charles claimed that Lucille had an affair at Chicago with pianist Will Ezell, whom she met at Chicago. Ezell accompanied
her for Paramount in 1927, the session also featuring Papa Charlie Jackson.

As a result of her affair with Ezell, Harry Charles reported that she was involved in divorce proceedings brought by her
husband, but Betty reports that Lucille and Nazareth were still together as late as 1941. Nazareth Bogan Jr. recalled that
he and his mother, Lucille, did move to Chicago in the late 1920s, and that she recorded there. Significantly, Ezell is the
only pianist who was remembered by name by her son.
In 1928, Lucille recorded for Brunswick, backed by Tampa Red and probably Cow Cow Davenport.

An unknown pianist, possibly Reuben Walker, Eddie Miller, or Lucille herself, backed her for an unreleased Brunswick session in early 1930. Judging from the
titles, this session seems to mark the start of the intense concern with sexual themes, which mark her most popular recordings.

Another session took place soon afterwards, producing SLOPPY DRUNK BLUES and ALLEY BOOGIE, which became influential after being reissued by the
American Record Corporation labels during the depression.

SLOPPY DRUNK BLUES was remade by Leroy Carr; by Bumble Bee Slim; by Sonny Boy Williamson; by Jimmy Rogers; and by others. ALLEY BOOGIE was remade
by Georgia White.

Lucille recorded a final Brunswick session in December 1930, again with an unknown pianist, possibly Eddie Miller, James Williams or Reuben Walker. This
session produced the highly influential BLACK ANGEL BLUES and TRICKS AIN'T WALKIN' NO MORE. Memphis Minnie revived Bogan's TRICKS AIN'T WALKING
NO MORE.

Apart from the obvious derivations of BLACK ANGEL BLUES (usually as SWEET LITTLE ANGEL) by performers such as Tampa Red, Robert Nighthawk,
B. B. King, Earl Hooker and countless others, there is the more subtle reworking by Lowell Fulson as LOVE 'N' THINGS.

In February 1932, reissues of songs from her last two Brunswick sessions appeared under the nom-de-disc BESSIE JACKSON, possibly reissued partly as a
result of Minnie's cover of TRICKS AIN'T WALKING NO MORE.

By 1934, Lucille was again residing at Birmingham with her husband.

W. R. Calaway was responsible for Lucille's later recordings, which were made under the previously successful nom-de-disc BESSIE JACKSON, at New York City
for Banner (otherwise called American Record Corporation) commencing on 17 July 1933. It is those recordings that featured the outstanding pianist
Walter Roland, and mark the highest point of her recording career. The most successful sides, judging from their issue by Conqueror as well as by the usual
American Record Corporation labels, were: SEABOARD BLUES; TROUBLED MIND; GROCERIES ON THE SHELF; and of SUPERSTITIOUS BLUES.

Sonny Scott was also present during the first group of sessions. The three of them (Bogan, Roland and Scott) contributed comments or music for sides made
at those sessions under the credit JOLLY JIVERS. These sides, which featured Roland playing piano, comprise JOOKIT JOOKIT; PIANO STOMP;
WHATCHA GONNA DO?; and HUNGRY MAN'S SCUFFLE.

A further group of sessions with backing by Roland, together with singer/guitarist Bob Campbell, was held in July and August 1934 at New York City. The sides
reissued by Conqueror were: SWEET MAN, SWEET MAN; and DOWN IN BOOGIE ALLEY.

I HATE THAT TRAIN CALLED THE M & O seems to have provided the melody of (Kid) Prince Moore's BUG JUICE BLUES.

Finally, a group of sessions, featuring Walter Roland and Josh White as accompanists, was held at New York City in March 1935. Lucille and Walter may have
met Josh at the sessions. This group of sessions produced THAT'S WHAT MY BABY LIKES (revived postwar by Marylin Scott for Lance #1039) and
MAN STEALER BLUES, both of which were reissued by Conqueror.

The sessions also produced two versions, one unexpurgated, of SHAVE 'EM DRY. The unexpurgated version has been preserved in two acetates, apparently
merely taken at different playback speeds and representing differing levels of preservation. Josh White's widow has recalled Josh recording in about 1935 in
the studio with "Bessie Smith" (almost certainly Bessie Jackson), who danced barefoot in the studio during the session.

A number of songs from her American Record Corporation sessions were unreleased, but apparently some of them still exist in the Sony archives.

Lucille's son Nazareth reported that she had made recordings at Birmingham, Alabama in 1937 but no trace of them has been found in the American Record
Corporation (now Sony Columbia) files after careful inspection of the recording ledgers for the Birmingham session. She was then reputedly managing her
son's jazz group BOGAN'S BIRMINGHAM BUSTERS, which recorded at the Birmingham session.

Lucille may have managed another group under the same name in 1938, but including Martin Barnett; Clarence Curly; Lee Golden; and Robert McCoy.

Her stepdaughter Betty reports that Betty was visiting her father and stepmother when they split up, shortly after Pearl Harbor, late in 1941.

Lucille sold her house at Birmingham in mid-1948 and moved to the Los Angeles area of California with her de facto husband, James Spencer, a much
younger man. Her son's wife's cousin had moved there, Nazareth Jr. had followed him, and Lucille in turn followed her son.

She composed GONNA LEAVE TOWN, recorded as by SMOKEY HOGG And His Guitar for Specialty in 1949.

By that time, Lucille had died at home at Los Angeles of coronary sclerosis on 10 August 1948. She was buried without a grave marker at Carson, California.
Plans are under way to provide a grave marker for this wonderful blues singer.
* Catalogue - including alternate title references.
ALLEY BOOGIE - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

B. D. WOMAN'S BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

BAKING POWDER BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

BARBECUE BESS - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

BARBEQUE BESS ? see BARBECUE BESS

BLACK ANGEL ? see BLACK ANGEL BLUES

BLACK ANGEL BLUES
- listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

BLACK ANGEL BLUES (SWEET BLACK ANGEL) ? see BLACK ANGEL BLUES

BO-EASY BLUES
- listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

BOOGAN WAYS BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

CHANGED WAYS BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

COFFEE GRINDIN' BLUES - listen
Words & Melody by Lucille Bogan

CRAVIN' WHISKEY BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

CRAWLIN' LIZARD BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

DIRTY TREATIN' BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

DOGGONE WICKED BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

DON'T MEAN YOU NO GOOD BLUES - listen
Words by Lucille Bogan; Melody by Henry Callens

DOWN IN BOOGIE ALLEY - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

DRINKING BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

FORTY-TWO HUNDRED BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

GONNA LEAVE TOWN
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

GROCERIES ON THE SHELF - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

HOUSE TOP BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

I HATE THAT TRAIN CALLED THE M. AND O. - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

(I’LL BE YOUR) BLACK ANGEL BLUES ? See BLACK ANGEL BLUES

JIM TAMPA BLUES
- listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

JUMP STEADY DADDY - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

KIND STELLA BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

LEVEE BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

LONESOME DADDY BLUES - listen
Words by Lucile (sic) Bogan; Melody by Henry Callens

LONESOME MIDNIGHT BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

LOVE N THINGS ? see BLACK ANGEL BLUES

MAN STEALER BLUES
- listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

MEAN TWISTER - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

MY BABY COME BACK - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

MY GEORGIA GRIND - listen
Words & Melody by Lucille Bogan

MY MAN IS BOOGAN ME - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

NEW MUSCLE SHOALS BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

NEW SWEET BLACK ANGEL - see BLACK ANGEL BLUES

NEW WAY BLUES
- listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

NICE AND KIND BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

OKLAHOMA MAN BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

ORIGINAL SWEET BLACK ANGEL - see BLACK ANGEL BLUES

PAY ROLL BLUES
- listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

PIG IRON SALLY - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

POT HOUND BLUES - listen
Words & Melody by Lucille Bogan

RECKLESS WOMAN - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

RED CROSS MAN - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

ROLL AND RATTLER - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

SEABOARD BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

SHAVE 'EM DRY (polite version) - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

SHAVE 'EM DRY (unexpurgated lyrics) - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

SKIN GAME BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

SLOPPY DRUNK BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

SORRY MY ANGEL - see BLACK ANGEL BLUES

STEW MEAT BLUES
- listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

STRUTTIN' MY STUFF - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

SUPERSTITIOUS BLUES (HOOCH HOUSE BLUES) - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

SWEET ANGEL - see BLACK ANGEL BLUES
SWEET BLACK ANGEL - see BLACK ANGEL BLUES
SWEET BLACK ANGEL (BLACK ANGEL BLUES) - see BLACK ANGEL BLUES
SWEET BLACK ANGEL BLUES - see BLACK ANGEL BLUES
SWEET BROWN ANGEL - see BLACK ANGEL BLUES
SWEET LITTLE ANGEL - see BLACK ANGEL BLUES
SWEET LITTLE GIRL - see BLACK ANGEL BLUES

SWEET MAN, SWEET MAN
- listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

SWEET PATUNIA - listen
Words & Melody by Lucille Bogan

T & N O BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

THAT'S WHAT MY BABY LIKES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

THEY AIN'T WALKING NO MORElisten
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

TIRED AS I CAN BE - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

TRICKS AIN'T WALKING NO MORE - listen
Words & Melody by Lucille Bogan

TROUBLED MIND - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

WALKIN' BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

WAR TIME MAN BLUES - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

WHISKEY SELLING WOMAN - listen
Words & Melody by Lucille Bogan

WOMEN WON'T NEED NO MEN - listen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan

YOU GOT TO DIE SOME DAY - lisyen
Words & Music by Lucille Bogan
Copyright©2012 Delta Haze Corporation. All rights reserved. All content used by permission.
Lyrics transcriptions of the Lucille Bogan compositions and
MP3 files of such catalogue are available upon request
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